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Politics kills e-Rizal

Inquirer Breaking News - 27 min 9 sec ago
    Not many people knew Trinidad, one of the sisters of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. On the hours leading to his execution, Rizal was said to have handed Trinidad a small alcohol burner, or lamparilla, that contained his final written work, "Mi Ultimo Adios" (My Last Farewell).   "It was to her that Rizal gave that poem," said Tricia Reyes, a perky 13-year-old student of Bian National High School in Bian City, Laguna province. She remembered this after reading Rizal's life story, divided into three parts, from the "e-Rizal" tablet.   Last year, Reyes said she and her friends sneaked into one of the classrooms where the tablets were being kept a...

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US ship sails to Albay for humanitarian work

Inquirer Breaking News - 31 min 24 sec ago
  The sight of a huge, white ship marked with red crosses in the Albay Gulf and with Mayon Volcano as backdrop greeted residents of Albay province on Monday.   The USNS Mercy, a floating hospital that has come to the aid of countries, especially in times of disaster, has reached Legazpi City, the provincial capital, for a two-week humanitarian and disaster relief preparedness mission.   With at least 1,000 US Navy personnel on board, it docked in the gulf 5 kilometers from the city port.   The mission, dubbed the Pacific Partnership 2016 and hosted this year by the provincial government, aims to bring the United States' partner nations, like t...

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Ombudsman OKs graft raps vs Echiverri, 2 aides

Inquirer Breaking News - 39 min 8 sec ago
  Former Caloocan City mayor and outgoing Rep. Enrico Echiverri has been indicted for graft over irregularities in the awarding of a P2.97-million contract for a 2011 drainage project in his city.   In a news release, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Wednesday said there was probable cause to charge Echiverri with violations of Section 3 of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.   Echiverri is an outgoing congressman who lost the Caloocan mayoral race in the May 9 elections.   Former city accountant Edna Centeno and city budget officer Jesusa Garcia were also slapped with graft charges and an additional charge for falsification of publi...

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Aquino admin winds down with Manila housing project

Inquirer Breaking News - 41 min 29 sec ago
  On the last full day of the Aquino administration, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) turned over newly built homes to some 300 Manila residents whose slum community was destroyed by a fire in 2011.   The DSWD on Wednesday inaugurated medium-rise houses built for a batch of 21 families in Barangay 412, Zone 42, near Estero de San Miguel-Legarda in the Sampaloc district.   The construction of the units, measuring 18 square meters each, got its share of funds from the P50-billion allocation approved by President Aquino for urban resettlement programs, including in-city housing in Metro Manila. It was not immediately known how much wa...

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Duo paid bus dispatcher to deliver ‘shabu’

Inquirer Breaking News - 45 min 12 sec ago
Carrying what he described as drug samples for a "taste test," a man and his female companion were arrested on Tuesday after they were tagged as drug couriers who bribed bus dispatchers to bring packages---usually containing ordinary items where the drugs are concealed---to their point of destination where these would be picked up by the "customer."   Their names withheld to avoid jeopardizing follow-up operations, the 42-year-old male and 36-year-old female were arrested on Molina Street in Barangay Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Seized from the man were three transparent plastic sachets containing suspected "shabu" (methamphetamine hydrochloride), according to case investigator P...

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MPD: Some village execs won’t give list of drug pushers

Inquirer Breaking News - 47 min 35 sec ago
Twenty barangay officials in Manila have refused to give the police a list of known drug pushers in their area, making themselves open to criminal charges, according to a high-ranking police official.   Senior Supt. Marcelino Pedrozo, deputy director for operations of the Manila Police District (MPD), said the local officials had until Wednesday to give such lists to the MPD, but 20 out of the city's 896 barangay chairs missed the deadline and gave reasons for their noncompliance.   "They said it's for security reasons. Others said they couldn't give that (information) because they might not get elected in the coming barangay elections," Pedrozo told reporters in an...

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Bato chooses PMA upperclassmen as PNP deputies

Inquirer Breaking News - 52 min 30 sec ago
  Incoming Philippine National Police commander Chief Supt. Ronald "Bato" de la Rosa has sought to ease fears he would favor members of his Philippine Military Academy "Sinagtala" Class of 1986 in choosing the PNP's new officials.   In an interview at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame on Wednesday afternoon, De la Rosa denied he would place any of his "mistah" in the police hierarchy. In fact, he said: "My upperclassmen will be in the command group."   De la Rosa said his command group would be composed mostly of officials from the PMA "Sandigan" class of 1982---the class of retired Director General Ricardo Marquez, whom De la Rosa replaced.   ...

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Kobe Paras withdraws from UCLA for failing to meet to ‘academic conditions’

Inquirer Breaking News - 56 min 11 sec ago
  Filipino rising star Kobe Paras has withdrawn from University of California, Los Angeles after failing to meet the school's "academic conditions of his admission," a statement from the university said. NBC Sports and other international sports websites reported UCLA's statement lateWednesday(Manila time). "Incoming freshman guard Kobe Paras, admitted upon condition to UCLA, has withdrawn from the university due to academic conditions of his admission not being met," the full statement read. The 6-foot-6 incoming freshman, son of PBA legend Benjie Paras, made waves as a promising high school player out of Cathedral High School in LA. Paras' sheer athleticism, len...

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Int’l leaders condemn ‘senseless killing of innocent civilians’

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 3 min ago
  ISTANBUL---UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday condemned the "terrorist attack" at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport and called for the perpetrators to be identified and brought to justice.   UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq said the secretary general "stands firmly by Turkey as it confronts this threat and stresses the need to intensify regional and international efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism."   Mogens Lykketoft, president of the 193-member UN General Assembly, expressed anger and grief at the attack that killed 41 people, including foreigners, and injured more than 230.   "Once again we experience the senseless killi...

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Leni will have Mar, Frank, Sonny at her inauguration

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 17 min ago
  Her key political allies will be by her side once again when Vice President-elect Leni Robredo takes her oath before two village captains on Thursday morning in New Manila, Quezon City.   Defeated presidential candidate Mar Roxas, outgoing Senate President Franklin Drilon and outgoing House Speaker Sonny Belmonte will witness Robredo's inauguration at the Quezon City Reception House.   Other VIP guests include celebrity Kris Aquino, youngest sister of President Aquino.   The main guests will be members of the Gerona and Robredo families, including the Vice President-elect's mother Salvacion Gerona.   Otherwise, people from the fri...

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P-Noy sure Ninoy, Cory will give him thumbs up

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 23 min ago
  BENIGNO "Noynoy" Aquino III knows that when steps down from office today (Thursday), his parents, democracy icons Ninoy and Cory, will be smiling.   Mr. Aquino told the INQUIRER he is certain to get one today, as their stamp of approval for the job he has done as the 15thPresident of the Republic of the Philippines.   A smile, he said, was the "highest compliment" his parents gave to him and his siblings.   "Yes, I think both of them are smiling right now," said Mr. Aquino, their only son.   Mr. Aquino has always worn the yellow ribbon on his barongs - some actually have the ribbon embroidered on them - a symbol of his parents' le...

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Aquino legacy: Democracy and stability–warts and all

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 30 min ago
  Tennis trainer Elpidio Fat, a minimum wage earner, gave his one and only input in the kwentong kutsero in between game sets: "My LPG went down from P800 plus to P400 plus. That's big deal. And that's P-Noy."   Another trainer, Nestor, butted in: "The same goes for me. I spend only P100 plus for my motorcycle gas. I spent a lot more before P-Noy."   That brief off-court exchange affirmed, to us, how people, rich and poor, treat the presidency---it's primarily how it impacts on the tangibles in their daily lives, whether it's the LPG or the crush of humanity on the MRT. The traffic!   The President takes the credit and blame for just about eve...

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‘Mara Clara,’ reunited

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 34 min ago
The party was organized by Mara and Clara themselves.   Even though they played bitter rivals in the popular soap opera, "Mara Clara," which ran on ABS-CBN from 1993 to 1997, Judy Ann Santos (aka Mara) and Gladys Reyes (aka Clara) proved to be the perfect tandem, in masterminding this grand get-together.   Judy Ann booked the Chinese restaurant, Crystal Jade, in Bonifacio Global City, for a lunch banquet on Saturday (June 25).   For her part, Gladys served as the event organizer. "I made sure everyone would attend---except those who are based abroad like Beverly Vergel," Gladys related.   Among the original cast members in attendance were Juan ...

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Surprise! Duterte’s 15-minute speech will be free of curses

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 38 min ago
  DAVAO CITY---A short and curse-free speech.   If Rodrigo Duterte sticks to what he practiced on Tuesday, he will be delivering a 15-minute inaugural speech on national television, including pauses for possible applause, shortly after he is sworn in as the country's 16th President at noon today.   His daughter, Veronica, will be holding the Bible during the ceremony in Malacaang. His fraternity brother, Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes, will administer the oath of office.   "Of course, the prepared speech doesn't have curses," a source, who asked not to be named as he was not authorized to speak on the matter, told the Inquire...

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Davao’s durian sweetens Rody’s inaugural menu

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 43 min ago
  DAVAO'S famous durian will provide the sweet ending to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's inauguration and meeting with the diplomatic corps.   But the fruit would be featured in tartlets, not in its unadulterated pungent form.   The menu for today's historic ceremonies will feature food that showcases the rich Filipino culinary heritage, according to a Palace statement.   The menu's shortness also reflects the incoming administration's simplicity, it said.   The menu offers lumpiang ubod (coconut pith spring roll), pandesal (bun) with kesong puti (goat cheese), and Vigan longganisa (native sausage) grilled on the spot, monggo (mun...

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Have no fear, Rody is here

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 50 min ago
  Leaders of Congress, the judiciary, and the members of the diplomatic corps are among those invited to the simple inauguration of Rodrigo Duterte today (Thursday) as the 16th President of the Philippines.   The rest of the names on the short guest list were chosen by Duterte's team, according to Ambassador Marciano Paynor, head of the Palace inaugural committee.   The guest list was trimmed down to 627 because of Duterte's decision to take his oath of office in Malacaang, where space is limited, instead of the vast Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, Paynor said in a phone interview.   Before taking his oath, Duterte will call on President Aqu...

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OMB chief on new slogan, surmounting challenges of first 100 days

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 59 min ago
  The Optical Media Board (OMB), the agency tasked with the confiscation of illegally sold or pirated content on compact discs, hopes to keep people aware of its mission by announcing a new catchphrase.   "#OMBeOriginal," according to chair Anselmo Adriano, is an improvement over the agency's old warning, he told the Inquirer in a phone interview last Monday.   "The slogan by the previous chair (Ronnie Ricketts) was 'Bawal Kumopya' (duplication is illegal)," he said. "Filipinos sometimes tend to do what's forbidden. From a messaging standpoint, the OMB [hopes to send] a more positive one. The office wants to encourage people to buy originals, instead of ...

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The Hague arbitral court to rule on sea disputes July 12

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 3 min ago
  MANILA -- The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague has informed the parties on arbitration case on the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea disputes that it will issue a ruling on the arbitration case initiated by the Philippines on July 12 at approximately 11 a.m., The Hague time. "TheTribunal will issue its Award on Tuesday, 12 July 2016 at approximately 11 AM, CEST, The Hague," said the press release of the PCA issued on Wednesday at past 11 p.m. Manila time. The arbitration court said the Award would first be issued via email to the Parties, along with accompanying press release containing the summary of the Award. "The Press Release will be in ...

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Filipina Canadian leads opposition bloc in Manitoba politics

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 8 min ago
  RED DEER, Alberta -- A Filipina Canadian is set to prove that her leadership skills will enable her opposition party to win back Manitobans in the next provincial election.   New Democratic Party (NDP) interim party leader Flor Marcelino was catapulted to the helm of the party on May 7, following the April 16 election in Manitoba which saw the majority of the province's electorates siding with the Progressive Conservative party after 17 years of NDP rule.   The conservatives clipped 40 out of 57 seats and won a majority of what previously were NDP strongholds. The election results forced NDP leader Greg Selinger to resign, giving way to the Filipina Ca...

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Fil-Am historians, activists gather in New York

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 9 min ago
NEW YORK CITY -- Opening in true Broadway style with stage actress Jaygee Macapugay ("School of Rock") singing "Empire State of Mind" by Alicia Keys, the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) 16th Biennial Conference welcomed more than 700 history buffs from across the nation, including Texas, Alaska and Hawaii. With the theme "A Pinoy State of Mind -- Building with Our Roots" the conference held June 22-25 on the John Jay College of Criminal Law campus featured plenary sessions that included Jose Antonio Vargas (Pulitzer Prize winner and founder of EmergingUS), Broadway stars, recent Fil-Am authors, LGBTQ activists as well as community leaders, teachers and histor...

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